In which The Four-Year-Old uses Siri to send her first text

For those of you who have not yet met Siri, it’s a voice recognition application that you can use to operate the latest generation of iPhones. In this case, The Four-Year-Old commandeered her father’s iPhone and said something to it along the lines of: “Text TheCats: Meet me at the vacant lot ….”

I would be freaked out by how easy this was for her, except for the fact that Siri only seems to work about 50% of the time.

Frankly, I’m more relieved that for once The Four-Year-Old wasn’t in the mood to ask questions.

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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One Response to In which The Four-Year-Old uses Siri to send her first text

  1. Pingback: Just another weekend at Caterpickles Central | CATERPICKLES

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